Carers' centres are independent charities that offer practical support, advice and information for you as carer in your local area – either by phone, drop-in or outreach surgeries.
Find a carers' centre
Your GP, district nurse, health visitor or social worker can put you in touch with a carers' centre. You don't need to be referred – you can just drop in during opening hours.
Visit the Carers Trust
website to see what carers' centres and other local support can be found near you.
What help can I get at a carers' centre?
Carers' centres can provide you with:
information and advice – on things like benefits, respite and support services, advocacy, carers' assessments, aids and adaptions
emotional support – you can talk with trained staff, volunteers and other carers who understand your situation
community consultation – by giving carers a unified voice to have an impact on local, regional and national decision-making
activities for yourself – including time out from caring, breaks, relaxation therapies, and the opportunity to enjoy your own social life
Your local carers' centre may also provide training on subjects like:
- continence care
- finding your way around the care system
- protecting yourself from harm, stress or depression
- finding time and space for yourself
- dealing with challenging behaviour
- planning for the future
- financial planning
Carers Scotland gives information on carers' rights and advice on practical and financial matters.
Carers Trust Scotland provides a network of support centres, including projects to help young carers.
MECOPP Carers Centre provides services to black and minority ethnic carers and communities.